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We are a close knit, diverse, and welcoming Catholic community within the Archdiocese of Newark, living the mission of Christ. Parishioners serve the Lord by serving one another through our faith and sharing the resources and energy of the Holy Spirit.

Announcements

THE LITURGY DURING THE CORONA-VIRUS OUTBREAK!!

  • The Archbishop of Newark re-stated on September 24 that Mass attendance remains voluntary. Those who do not feel safe or who have compromising health conditions should not participate at this time.  The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains in place.
  • The Archdiocese of Newark will LiveStream Mass Sundays at Noon (EST). All faithful are invited to join virtually. The bilingual (English and Spanish) Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, to provide the faithful with spiritual nourishment during this time of need.  To watch the livestream, visit the Archdiocese of Newark’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/nwkarchdiocese. Following the livestream, the video will be available on the Archdiocese’s Facebook page and website at http://www.rcan.org.  Links also will be available on archdiocesan social media channels:   @nwkarchdiocese.
  • QUICK GUIDE TO THE LITURGY with details on Mass times, reservations, and other attendance policies can be found here.
    • Weekday Masses:  Attendance at the 8AM Masses, Monday through Friday, is limited to 24 families (people living under one roof for the duration of the quarantine), by reservation only through the Parish Office.
    • Weekend Masses:  Physical attendance at Mass is restricted to 24 families (people living under one roof for the duration of the quarantine), by reservation only through the Parish Office.  There are six Masses:  Saturday at 4PM and 6 PM; Sunday at 8AM, 10AM, 12PM (Noon), and 6PM.  Note that Saturday at 6PM and Sunday at 8AM are “in church only” – no LiveStreaming!  In order to accommodate more people and those with underlying health risks,  Mass will also be LiveStreamed on Saturday at 4PM and Sunday at 10AM, 12PM, and 6PM, while also allowing for attendance in church.
    • Eucharistic Adoration on Thursdays!  We have moved the time slot to 6PM-8PM and we will meet in the church.  Reservations are required.
    • St. Raphael’s  LiveStream Mass – How to access:   Please log on 15 minutes prior to the Mass start time.  There is a limit of 100 sign-ins at the Main link: https://meet.google.com/cqe-yihd-cqw.   (This is a new link as of October 3).  If asked for a meeting code, use cqe-yihd-cqw.  Dial in for audio only: 1-470-273-8557; Pin – 219 467 953# (Message and data rates may apply)  Please:  turn off your microphone and camera (both icons should be red) prior to joining the Meeting session
  • You can continue to provide your donations to the parish by mailing in your donation directly to the Parish , by dropping it off in the drop-box by the door of the office, or through our Online Giving program (see the OSVHub under the Donation tab on this site).  We are very grateful for your gifts!!

OTHER

  • BUSINESS OWNERSAdvertise in our bulletin!  Thank you to all our advertisers!  To join the sponsors on our bulletin, please call 860-836-8486.
  • PARISH OFFICE HOURS:  Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM  973-992-9490. Due to the corona virus, coverage may vary.  If you call the office, you may need to leave a message, but it will be addressed within a reasonable time.
  • REGISTER as a member of the St. Raphael Parish Family!!  This allows us to know who you are and to share information with you!
  • The Facebook page for St. Raphael Parish is administered by Mary Gayle Scheper.  If you would like to contribute pictures or material to the page, please contact her with your material via the parish office at straphaelrcc@comcast.net. “Like” us at www.facebook.com/straphaellivingston
  • The bulletin for the parish is available on this website.  The current week is displayed automatically.  For earlier bulletins (the previous 5 weeks), scroll to the bottom of the page and select the weekend you would like to view.
  • FORMEDour Catholic Faith On-Demand!  This search tools allows access to a wide range of items that discuss our Faith:  books, audio talks, movies, documentaries, talks…   Register by signing into https://FORMED.org/signup and enter our parish zip code, followed by your name and email!  It’s a resource treasure!

Current Events

  • The Religious Education offerings:
  • Lectors and EMHCs! 
    • The Schedule for the fall and winter :   Lectors will support Masses both via LiveStream and in-church.  EMHC’s are not currently needed, due to restrictions in place.  The schedule for September 5 – November 29 is still in effect.  A new schedule for December 5, 2020 – February 14, 2021 was emailed to all lectors.  Look for email with information on the new schedule.
    •  We are looking for additional Lectors and EMHCs!  Please consider joining these Ministries whose role is to support the Celebrant during the Mass by reading God’s words and distributing the Eucharist!   Call the Parish Office if you are interested.
  • SAMARITANS ALWAYS CARE (SAC)
    • Christmas Giving Tree!  We will not have our usual toy drive for the children in Newark because of the restrictions of COVID-19.  So, instead, we will be collecting gift cards from Target, Walmart, or Barnes & Noble.  This will allow the parents to buy gifts themselves.  Please send the cards to the Parish Office by December 13!  We can still help make those little faces glow!
    • We have set up a Food Pantry, aptly named Sonny’s Pantry, here are St. Raphael.  We are looking for donations of non-perishable foods:soups, stews, canned goods, tomato sauce, rice, pasta, oatmeal, peanut butter and jelly, tuna, etc.  There will be bins in the vestibule leading into the parish office for these donations.
    • We will be collecting new or very gently used children’s clothing, from infant to size 14, for children-in-need.  Leave donation by the Parish Office or in the vestibule
    • Diapers in sizes 4, 5, or 6 are needed for St. Margaret’s in Morristown.  Leave donations by the Parish Office or in the vestibule.
    • Thanksgiving!  76 Turkeys and ‘fixings’ were provided to those in need!  Thank you for your generosity!
  • LAUDATO SI’ Task Force – At the directive of the Archdiocese, we will work together to address the goals of the encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, to care for our common home, the earth, as the stewards we were defined, in Genesis, to be.  Dr. Mary Jo Berger will lead the effort that will provide ecological awareness and re-commitment by our Parish Family.  Want to help decide where to focus our talents and efforts?  Sign up at https://www.osvhub.com/straphaelnj/forms/laudato-si-sign-up-form-1
  • SIMBANG GABI!  COVID-19 can’t stop us from celebrating our 14th Annual Filipino Advent Night Mass on December 19 at 6PM.  Limit: 50 people indoors.  Projection screen will be provided in the parking lot.  Donations will support the victims of the typhoons in the Philippines (https://www.osvhub.com/straphaelnj/funds).  Sign up at Ferdysg2020@gmail.com

We Are Living Stones Capital Campaign

  • Our 4-year campaign to support the efforts of the Archdiocese support of our priests, our seminarians, our Catholic schools wrapped up by the end of June, but is still accepting last minute gifts. We have already received funds for our parish amounting to $39,701.03.  We can receive almost $50,000 if all pledges are met. Campaign Details

Annual Appeal

  • We’re in the midst of the 2020 Annual Campaign, Shining the Light of Christ! Results so far: $31,268.33 in pledges toward a goal of $41,391!   Pick up a form in the vestibule or pledge on-line at https://www.rcan.org/sharing!

 

For additional upcoming events and special Mass times, please see the bulletin by clicking here.